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THE ? ? ? ? NEWS 

Volume 1 

Plainville, Mass., August 13, 1920 

Number 1 



Knights of Columbus Due Soon 
to Break — W. &. D. Has Sure 

Road to Victory- 
After a two weeks' postponement, 
due to vacations in practically all 
the shops, the race for the champion- 
ship of the Twilight League has 
swung into the home stretch. At the 
time of this writing the Knights of 
Columbus team still held its two 
game lead. But that team is breath- 
ing hard on this home stretch. So - 
successfully jockeyed during the first 
of the season by Manager Fitz- 
patriok, this war horse is no longer 
formidable. Its gait from now on 
promises to be halting and feeble and 
nothing short of serious breaks can 
prevent it from taking the dnst of at 
least two of its pursuers. 

The runners-up, the Whiting and 
Davis, Mason Box and American 
Legion teams, race neck and neck on 
the heels of the erstwhile champion. 
But the latter is visibly the weakest 
of the three. It is younger and less 
experienced virtually in all its mem- 
bers than either of its rivals. It needs 
practice, harder work, more scrub- 
bing decks and K.P. details. The Ma- 
son Box contender has strength and 
lasting power. Wisely conserving its 
reserve power, this entrant now looms 
up as a very possible winner at the 

The betting, however, is centered 
on the sensation of the meeting, the 
black horse, which, never figuring 
too high with the book makers, ran 
true to pre-season form in getting 
away to the poorest start of all the 
entrants. It has now produced a 
burst of speed, which, according to 
its trainer, Mr. Frank Brown, is not 
phenomenal. The reason, Mr. Brown 
says, for this comeback, is merely a 
recital of the story of all past train- 
ers of fame, including Pop Geers and 
•lawn McGraw. The Whiting and 
Davis entrant has the goods. Stung 
by the defeats of earlier heats, this 
team not only has the speed but it 
also has that reserve ounce of energy 
called nerve, to call upon. Witness, 
for instance, those three try-outs 

Cont'd on pate 4 


One used car, with a piston ring, 
Two rear wheels; one front spring. 
Has no fenders; seat made of 

Burns lots of gas; hard to crank. 
Carburetor busted half way 

Engine missing — hits on two; 
Only three years old, four in 

Has shock absorbers, 'n ev'r 'thing. 
Ten spokes missin', front axle 

All tires punctured, not worth a 

Got lots of speed, will run like the 

Burns either oil or tobacco juice. 
If you want this car, inquire with- 
in — 
Helluva good car for the shape it's 




And If It Isn't One Way It's 

After having widely spread the 
news about that Old Orchard Beach 
was her destination during vacation 
week, and after misleading even 
Louise King, she went and done it, 
almost before the factory closed Sat- 
urday noon. Because of the great 
secrecy that surrounded the affair, 
we take great pleasure in announc- 
ing to those interested and uninterest- 
ed, to her friends and to her enemies, 
if she has any, that Miss Estelle Dor- 
set took unto herself a husband on 
August 2nd in the person of Mr. Max 
Berger. The ceremony was per- 
formed by Rev. Squire of the Meth- 
odist Church in Plainville. The 
couple left for New York, which is 
at a distance from either Old Or- 
chard or Bristol, R. I., where Max 
planned apparently to go. 

The next act on the program will 
be an instructive lecture by Mr. 
Pants Bennet on the interesting sub- 
ject : How to take off weight. 



Recreation Building to Include 

Restaurant and Rooms for 

Indoor Sports 

With the purchase of the lot on the 
corner of Bacon Street, directly op- 
posite the factory, the plans for the 
new Recreation Building have been 
materially changed and are now be- 
ing completed by Mr. Betten, the 
factory architect. The plans call for 
the combination of the restaurant and 
the recreation rooms in the same 

The lot was purchased through the 
beneficence of Mr. Whiting and work 
on construction of the new building 
will begin the last of this month or 
early in the fall, in the hope that it 
may be available for occupancy in the 
winter. According to the present 
plans the building will be two stories, 
with the dining room and kitchens on 
the first floor. 

The second floor will contain game 
and recreation rooms. These will be 
connected by folding doors and par- 
titions capable of opening and af- 
fording one large room for assembly 
purposes and for dancing. 

The plans have been drawn up with 
the view in mind of future expansion 
and development along the lines of 
recreation. Possible room for tennis 
courts has been provided outside the 
building, while inside there is pos- 
sibility for locker rooms and shower 

Jimmie Gleason is not only star 
second baseman of the baseball team. 
He is also a wonderful golf player, 

according to both Jimmie himself and 
to the list of winners at the High- 
land Country Club. He consistently 
turns in the lowest scores in every 

Tommy Glennon, star pitcher for 
the Mason Box Company, is a new- 
comer in the Coloring Room. His 
contract with Mason Box will pre- 
vent him from playing for W. & D. 

THE ? ? ? ? NEWS 

The ? ? ? ? News 

Published Bi-Monthly 

by the employees of Whiting & Davie 

Company, Plainville, Maes. 

Publication Committee 
W. J. Fuller Lee Higirins 

F. Gaddes R. Brown 

J. O. Gagnon O. SoderBtrom 



Encouraged by the success of the 
bulletin issued just before the Out- 
ing, a group in the factory, interest- 
ed in starting a shop paper for W. & 
D., met to appoint a committee to 
inquire into ways and means for 
such an undertaking. This paper — 
■A Paper Without a Name" — is the 
first issue of a publication which the 
Committee hopes to get out every two 
weeks. It hopes to make the paper a 
benefit mutually to every person con- 
nected with Whiting and Davis. 
Frankly, the purpose of the paper is 
to boost W. & D., not the firm alone, 
nor the shop alone, — to outsiders, of 
course, but mostly to ourselves, that 
we may have a common understand- 
ing in the institution of which we are 
a part. 

The Committee was amiably agreed 
concerning all the details of publica- 
tion, except — the name. On that deli- 
cate question the fight was hopeless- 
ly "no decision". Consequently the 
selection of the name must be left to 
George, who represents in this case 
every reader of this erstwhile one- 
legged newspaper. What will be the 
name? The Gray & Davis Company, 
of Boston, issues a paper appropri- 
ately named "The Starter", pub- 
lished for the purpose of "starting 
something" in the interests of Gray 
& Davis. "Minutes" is the title of a 
paper published "from time to time 
by the employees of the Waltham 
Watch Company". The Ostby & 
Barton Company names its publica- 
tion the "O-B Jews", while "Keds 
Live Wire" is the title of a paper is- 
■ned by the National India Rubber 

"The News Enmeshed" has been 
proposed as appropriate to a paper 

of the Whiting & Davis Company. 
The Committee argues its faults and 
implores most humbly everyone to 
take his mind off his work, even if 
he has to do it out of hours, and think 
of a better title for the paper. A 
prize to the person proposing the 
best name has been offered. Step up 
to one of the Committee and loudly 
suggest your particular choice. You 
will not have to give your reasons. 
The Committee will recognize its val- 

W. Codding ue 

"The News"— we will call it that 
for the lack of a better title just now 
— will attempt to record every two 
weeks the most interesting happen- 
ings about the shop and to publish 
the latest "dope" on "everybody 
else's" activities. Not only that, bnt 
"The News" will hold its columns 
open for suggestions and opinions — 
arid above all, news from you. "The 
News" will endeavor to maintain 
strict neutrality. It will be neither 
"Cox sure" nor "for Harding only". 
It will not support Prohibition or 
publish the best recipes for home 
brew. It will overlook scandal and 
the League of Nations.. 

Line forms at the right, ladies and 
gentlemen. With the above excep- 
tions we will publish anything. Have 
you a Ford, real estate, or fairy 
bonds to sell? Invent your ads for 
"The News". 


Ask Dan Crotty how we won that 
ball <?ame two weeks ago from the 
Knights of Columbus. Remember, 
first, that then, if ever, Dan had his 
chance to be a hero. Salute Dan. He 
is a hero. 

There were three men on bases and 
W. & D. was three runs to the bad. 
Dan was at bat. He says, "Believe 
me, if it hadn't been for that crowd 
in back of me yelling as if everyone 
was going to nick my jaw if I didn't 
come through with a hit, I wouldn't 
ever have connected with the ball". 
As it was Dan showed great prudence 
and slammed out a Texas leaguer, 
which put three runs across the plate 
and himself on second, thus opening 
the way for a few more tallies that 

The answer is : The crowd did it. 

The Twilight League has now en- 


As per usual with vacations, every- 
one probably enjoyed about the best 
week they ever had. Mr. Elsasser 
and Mr. : Killen, for instance, return 
with lots of spirit after a tip-top 
week. They enjoyed their vacation 
by carrying the new engine turning 
machine back and forth to Attleboro, 
in order to have a sample for Mr. 
Clark on the re-opening of the fac- 
tory. They report that the rides were 
a real treat. 

Harry Crowther had a large week 
at his cottage "Sea Booze" at Fair- 
haven, Mass. Harry is the first who 
wants to know, "What's in a name?" 

William Elsasser and Raymond 
Avers camped out with the Boy 
Scouts at Lake Massapoag in Sharon. 

Ed Coombs was in Peabody and 
J. Horace Cheever made his head- 
quarters in Salem, with a side trip 
in the Dodge to Cape Ann. 

Miss Bertha Cote and Mrs. Casey 
spent their vacation in Belmar, New 

Albert Byersdorfer and Frank 
Gaddes went to Provincetown. 

Robert Austin, Raymond Fulton, 
and John Jedlinski enjoyed the wild 
life and waves at Oak Bluffs. 

Miss Irene Butler danced early and 
late at Onset. 

Mr. Whiting kindly save the use 
of his cottao-e on Mill Pond at Chit- 
ham to seven of the office girls. The 
party included the Misses Marion and 
Katherine Bialis. MeGerry, Swanson, 
Coombs, and Mrs. Hooper. The trip 
was made in the shop truck, Clarence 
Skinner being the careful driver and 
chaperone. The Misses Ruby Burton 
and Louise King went with the party, 
but stopped for the week at the Fer- 
guson House in Hyannis. 

Byron Gardner and Ed Osterholm 
enjoyed the beauties of Lake Pearl 
from their summer cottages. Byron 
has his motor boat all tuned up and it 
now goes all the way around without 

tered upon its last lap. Whiting and 
Davis is tied for second place with 
three other clubs; it has the best 
team in the League and it should 
come out on top. There is one way 
to do it — get out to the sames and 
back of the team. They can and will 
do the rest. 

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To My Friends and Shopmates: 

I welcome you all back from your 
vacations and trust you all enjoyed 
your much needed and well earned 

At our recent outing I planned to 
say a few words to you, but when the 
time arrived you were having too 
good a time to listen to any talks, 
so I decided to say nothing at that 
time and later to speak through your 
paper, which I will now do. 

For the benefit of some of the 
younger people, I will endeavor to 
point out some of the great changes 
that have taken place in the jewelry 
business in the past forty years. As 
some of you are aware, the original 
firm of Wade, Davis & Co., was or- 
ganized in 1876. The firm's first pay- 
roll for a period covering two weeks 
amounted to $101.77. The prevailing 
rates of wages at that time were : 
first-class toolmaker, 32 cents hourly ; 
stamper, 20 cents; bench-help, from 
10 cents to 20 cents; polisher, 15 
cents. The girl bookkeeper, who did 
all the office work, received 12 cents 
per hour. The watchman received 
$7.00 per week. This is quite a con- 
trast to the present wages. 

On the 13th of July, it was forty 
years since I entered the employ of 
Mr. Davis. We have in our employ 
today four men who were working 
for the firm at the time of my em- 
ployment, namely, Oscar Walden, 
Eugene Whiting, John Leffler and 
Willis Fuller. Mr. Walden has 
worked for the firm continuously 
shice September 5, 1876, a period of 
forty-four years. The other three 
have tired of us and have gone to 
work in other places, but I am glad 
to see them back with us. 

Mr. Eugene Whiting came to the 
factory in February, '77; Mr. Lef- 
fler in September, '77; Mr. Fuller 
in August, '78. Mr. Leffler began 
work at 10 cents per hour and ac- 
cording to the time book, worked 13 
hours the first day and for several 
weeks thereafter. When I began 
work in Plainville, July 13, 1880, 
these four men, and fifty-four oth- 
ers including myself, made up the to- 
tal force of fifty-eight, including the 
office. Of these fifty-eight I know of 
at least twenty-nine who have passed 
away, and some I have lost track of 
and do not know if alive or not. I 
began work for the firm at cents an 

hour, giving up a job in the cotton 
mill at $1.25 a day for 11 Vi hours 
work. My hours in Plainville were 
from 6.40 A. M. to 6.15 P. M., ex- 
cepting Saturdays, when I finished 
at 5.15, but the firm in their great 
generosity allowed me 10 hours or a 
total of 60 hours per week. If we 
worked until 9 P. M., which we did 
at times, I had an extra 2^ hours 
daily. This arrangement lasted until 
January 1, 1881, when they engaged 
me for one year at a weekly salary 
of $7.50 with no pay for overtime, 
and nothing deducted if I was away 
from work less than three days in 
any one week, but if away three days 
in a week I lost all the time I was out. 
Then they immediately laid me off 
for l x /2 weeks, and as soon as I re- 
turned to work they went on a daily 
schedule of 13 hours. From my mem- 
orandum book I find I would have 
made more in the first three months 
at my old rate than at the so-called 

A few months later Thomas Tier- 
ney came to Plainville to work for 
the same firm, and not long ago I 
asked him why he came and he said 
"he came because I did". 

In those days we were all looking 
for overtime and we liked it and 
looked forward to extra time. How- 
ever, all has changed since then and 
I am glad of many of the changes, 
but as years go by I regret to note 
the attitude taken by many of the 
younger people. Many appear not to 
care whether or not thej r work. Fully 
one-half of our employees fall short 
of our 48-hour schedule. Working 
short hours and holding down pro- 
duction hurts yourself more than 
anyone else, as it increases the cost 
of all goods, including what you buy, 
and the workman finally pays the 
increased cost. Do you ever figure 
how much it costs you to be late or 
go out early? We are compiling a 
table showing you, and I think you 
will all think it over and for your 
own good try to work the full 48 
hours weekly, which, with recesses 
taken out, amounts only to 47 hours 
in seven days, not a long time to work 
out of a total of 168 hours. 

We would like each and everyone 
to take a personal interest in the shop. 
Be proud of the place you work in, 
and if you cannot feel that way to- 
ward your shop, try some other fac- 
tor)'. Take an interest in your work. 

no matter what it may be. Every 
part of the work of the factory de- 
pends upon all other parts for suc- 
cess. I personally have done most all 
kinds of work in the jewelry line. 
Years ago, during dull periods, I did 
my own office work, and in addition 
swept the factory, cared for the 
machinery, etc. In fact I have worked 
in every department of the old fac- 
tory — polishing room, coloring room, 
stock department, press, etc. Always 
be proud of your work and never be 
ashamed of it unless you are doing 
poor work; then change and do good 
work. Back up your relief associa- 
tion and induce all employees to join ; 
also back your ball team by your 
presence at the games. Assist your 
foreman in securing new help when 
it is wanted. 

During these past forty years many 
new inventions have come into gen- 
eral use. Do you realize that since 
I came to work in Plainville the many 
improvements which are now abso- 
lute necessities and have come into 
general use? Many of them were not 
heard of or even thought of forty ye- 
ars ago; namely, telephones, bicycles, 
motorcycles, automobiles, trolley cars, 
typewriters and all of our automatic 
machinery. These items have made 
it possible for us to grow from a 
small firm to a fairly large concern. 
The first payroll after my employ- 
ment for the first week amounted to 
$490.60. At the present time we are 
distributing among you nearly as 
much every hour. I know of no other 
firm in a small place like Plainville 
that has a payroll of this size and 
when we see the line of employees' 
automobiles in front of our factory, 
we cannot help but feel some pride in 
knowing our employees are prosper- 
ous. We are always interested in the 
welfare of all of you, and you are all 
aware of the fact that at any time 
you may receive attention from head- 
quarters on any matter of business. 
Are you aware that we maintain a 
well-equipped hospital with a compe- 
tent nurse and attendants, and in caso 
of sickness of yourself or family the 
nurse will make calls at your home 
within a radius o£ two miles of our 

You also have the privilege of pat- 
ronizing our restaurant, which we are 
trying to maintain as a high-cla^s 
restaurant, and for your information 
we would state that we are operating 

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same at a considerable loss. 

Do not allow any of your shop- 
mates to spoil your recess privileges 
by breaking the rules, which you all 
know. You are not to leave your De- 
partment at recess and must begin 
work promptly when the bell rings. 
Ten minutes recess daily means about 
an hour weekly, which amounts to 
.-400.00 a week lost time. We will 
appreciate it very much if you will 
all work full time and do not leave 
work until bell time and begin work 
at bell time. It is for your own good 
as well as ours. On Wednesday, July 
i, at 11.55 A. M., I met over one 
hundred of our employees between 
our factory and the main street. Just 
think of what that lost time means to 
you as well as to the firm. Let us all 
work together for our mutual good 
and when our new recreation house 
is completed we will have a house- 
warming. All join the Relief Associ- 
ation, as the Association may have 
charge of the celebration. I thank 
vou all for vour co-operation. 

(Signed) C. A. Whiting. 



Thomas B. Ramniel, foreman of 
the Cold Department, on Thursday, 
August 5, was married to Miss Laura 
A. .Miller of Franklin. Those who 
know him best say that it is their 
impression that "Tommy"' will make 
a loving husband. Anyway, they 
sincerely hope so and wish for him 
and his bride the best of luck for 
their wedded life. 

The marriage took place in the Ep- 
iscopal Church in Franklin and was 
attended by many friends of the brid j 
and groom. The couple will make 
their home at 8 Melcher Street, Plain- 
ville. Mr. Rammel was presented 
with a gift of cut glass by the fore- 
men of the shop. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lanphier 
motored to Kingfield, Maine, where 
Harvey put in a week's fishing. The 
trout he caught grow bigger every 

The Misses Ina and Doris Sim- 
mons spent their vacation in New 
York City. 

Harry Rowan, in his speedster d.6 
luxe, can pass any car on the road, 
including the Chevrolet and the Ov- 
erland, but he cannot pass the high- 
powered Ford. 

Things we would like to see : A raf- 
fle, run by the office girls, which ap- 
parently was not framed. 

Miss Etta Fitzpatrick says she felt 
the heat awfully during her vacation 
in Boston. Just one of the little pen- 
alties for being so pleasingly plump. 

Every Sunday morning finds Ern- 
est Toothill on the tennis court re- 
turning his opponents' serves beauti- 
fully — into the net. Keep it up. Ern- 
est, and you will no doubt become a 
champion in ten or twelve years. 

Speaking about a good knowledge 
of the best "French", have you 
heard Henry Desautelle talking to 
his drawings when they peeve him ? 
Miss Butler says she wishes she had 
some girl friends to talk to instead 
of such hard-boiled draftsmen. 

John Brent took several girls for 
a little trip in his Ford Sedan one 
sunny noon hour. That none be mis- 
informed, John wishes us to state 
that his date book was well filled even 
before the trip. 

Bill Barton has a complete Ford in 
good condition, but if anyone has a 
good jack knife or a new package of 
Camel cigarettes, he might consider 
a trade. 

Viola Julin of the Planning De- 
partment fell last week and dislo- 
cated her knee. 

Mr. Lawrence Cook, Manager of 
the Whiting and Davis Company's 
plant at Sherbrooke, Quebec, visited 
relatives in North Attleboro last 

Mr. Whiting has been a member 
of the New England Manufacturing 
Jewelers' and Silversmiths' Associa- 
tion Committee appointed to raise a 
fund for the equipment of the jewel- 
ry building of the Rhode Island 
School of Design. A fund of $15,000 
was raised, contributed by manufac- 
turing jewelers in this section. 


in the rough against the Knights of 
Columbus contender. 

And the Whiting and Davis entrant 
has backing — the kind of backing 
which speaks even louder than cold 



Manager Frank Brown 

Jim Shattuck and Beaumont make 
a pair which is sure death to would- 
be base hits. 

Don Thomas is now showing his 
old time form at third. He can get 
the sizzlers down the line over to 
first faster than anyone in the League. 

Harry Burns digs those shoots out 
of the dust as simple as doughnuts 
and gets his man at second every 

Ray Fulton has been showing the 
natives of the Cape how to strike them 
out — and now that he has the secret, 
watch them fall. 

Jedlinski, Hays, Crotty and Gal- 
liani are now in trim to take care of 
the outfield in proper shape. 

What is the matter with Ed Hurlin 
— he is good enough to bring home 
the bacon. 

Keep in mind the corking good 
supper, with all the fixin's, for the 
boys, if we win out. Come to the 
games and help win the games that 
are left. 


Friday, August 20— W. & D. vs. 
American Legion. 

Wednesday, August 25 — W. & D. 
vs. Mason Box Co. 

Friday, Sept. 3— W. & D. vs. 
Knights of Columbus. 

Good Old 

B. L. 

Dark or Light 

Bexch Dkpt. 

Strictly Cash and Carry